Not all triceps tears are the same. Some tears are partial or small in size, and may be chronic in nature, while others are complete and sudden. Complete tears with functional disability are managed with surgical repair or reconstruction of the tendon. Partial tears may be treated nonsurgically, particularly if there is not a significant loss of function or notable pain. Nonsurgical treatment involves rest, icing, pain medications, temporary splinting or bracing, and physical therapy. In high-demand individuals such as professional athletes, partial tears may also require surgery if conservative measures fail, or if there is a functional deficit. The best treatment is tailored to each patient, taking into account characteristics of the tendon tear as well as the patient's functional level, goals and expectations.